A love triangle with a catastrophic ending revolving around a young widow named Chunhua who inherits her husbands plastic flower factory. Business is not good and Chunhua doesnt appear to have much of an idea. In fact, it doesnt look as if she knows how to cope at all with the many economic problems associated with her inheritance. Perhaps this is because she simply isnt interested. In fact, this lonely member of Chinas nouveau-riche shows far more interest in men. For this reason she begins using the factory as a showroom for her powers of seduction, trying out her wiles on young male workers with artistic leanings. Her first victim is the shy and introverted Qiusheng. Qiusheng plays the flute and has a stutter. He believes that now his dream of romantic love has been fulfilled. At the same time, Chunhua makes a move on the crafty flower designer Wang, who, of late, professes to be Qiushengs best friend. The intimate relationship between these three people reflect, in microcosm, the social changes that have taken place in the wake of modern-day Chinas economic liberalisation. Feelings, so Liu Bingjians film, have become as phoney and artificial as a bunch of plastic flowers churned out in a factory.
by Liu Bingjian
with Liu Xiaoqing, Min Xiding, Yin Zhi, Liao Qin, Yang Qin
People's Republic of China / Canada 2004